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Search for resources in the Professional Exchange either by entering a term in the Search box or by using faceted search. Please note: The system will automatically correct spelling errors in search terms.

Faceted search means that resources in the Professional Exchange are organized by Subject, Type, Field of Expertise, Source, and Date of Publication. Each has a dropdown menu with categories – "dimensions" – and sub-categories, including the number of resources available, to help you narrow or refine your search.

The Subject dimensions are:

  • Collections Management - collections management standards and best practices, collections management system software reviews and advice, and cataloguing procedures
    • Sub-category:
      Standards
      metadata, vocabulary, interchange, and procedural standards;
      cataloguing rules;
      standards for indexing, sorting, retrieving and sharing collections information
  • Intellectual Property - guides to licensing strategies, copyright, collective administration, and analyses of approaches to buying and selling intellectual property (IP)
    • Sub-category:
      Copyright
      experience and expertise of leaders in the field of heritage and copyright
      Licensing
      resources to help Canadian museums develop their own informed licensing strategies
      Policies
      resources drawn from the expertise and experience of museum professionals to help your institution make informed choices about your IP policies
  • Digitization - tutorials, best practices and software information to help as you move to digitize your museum's collections—or update your current digital collections
    • Sub-category:
      Standards
      metadata, vocabulary, interchange, and procedural standards;
      cataloguing rules;
      standards for indexing, sorting, retrieving and sharing collections information
  • Digital Preservation - best practices, newsletters, discussion groups, courses and organizations, and practical recommendations for launching a digital preservation program
    • Sub-category:
      Deterioration and Obsolescence
      resources to help you develop an informed digital preservation strategy to address the challenges of deterioration and obsolescence.
  • Web and Tech Guidelines - resources to help get your content and message online.
    • Sub-category:
      Accessibility
      learn about the Web Accessibility Initiative, which develops strategies and guidelines to help make the Web more accessible to people with disabilities
      Audience Evaluation
      tip sheets, handbooks, research papers and evaluation tools to guide you through current research about how online audiences behave
      Educational Strategies
      studies and articles designed to help your organization maximize your educational potential
      Marketing
      studies, tip sheets and interviews on marketing strategies, including the use of social media
      Search Engine Optimization
      guides to tools to drive your target audience to your website, such as selecting proper page titles keywords
      Social/Interactive Technologies
      resources to help you navigate the evolving communication technologies, such as mobile applications and social media applications
  • General sub-categories include:
    Project Planning
    resources about planning a digitization project, Web production, and social media
    Technologies
    tools and resources to help your institution make informed decisions about technology, such as in collections and digital asset management

The Type dimensions are:

Directories
the "who, what and where" of the museum community, in Canada and abroad
Tips and Tools
digital heritage fact sheets, tutorials and best practices documents
Reports, Studies, and Articles
resources on a range of modern heritage issues
Interviews and Discussions
audio and visual resources featuring insights from professionals in museums, heritage and technology
Communication Technologies
Web tools for networking with the heritage community and reaching out to the public in Canada and around the world
Standards and Best Practices
metadata, vocabulary, interchange, and procedural standards; cataloguing rules; standards for indexing, sorting, retrieving and sharing collections information
Databases and Bibliographies
databases and bibliographies compiled by the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) in collaboration with national and international partners; includes Artefacts Canada, the CHIN Data Dictionaries, the Parks Canada Descriptive and Visual Dictionary of Objects, and the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN).
Courses
online courses on a variety of topics in digital heritage
Audio/Video
find all the audio and video presentations in the Professional Exchange
Thematic Resource Kits
sets of resources on topics related to museums and digital technology

The Source dimensions are:

CHIN
articles, guides, tip sheets, standards and best practices produced by the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), a federal agency, for today's museum and heritage professionals
Other
links to resources selected by the museum community and by CHIN and added to the Professional Exchange via the online input forms

The Field of Expertise dimensions are:

  • Client Services and Membership
  • Collections Management
  • Curation and Preservation
  • Education and Outreach
  • Exhibitions
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Museum Management
  • Professional Development
  • Publishing
  • Rights and Reproductions
  • Web & IT